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Mediterranean Summer

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Today, I’m excited to share a cocktail recipe perfect for those long, lazy, sunny evenings: the Mediterranean Summer. This elegant cocktail combines the rich depth of dark rum, the bittersweet tang of Aperol, and the floral hints of Lillet Blanc. With just three ingredients, it’s like capturing a seaside sunset in a glass.

Let’s dive into what makes this cocktail a must-try for your next gathering.

What’s in this cocktail? First, let’s talk about the dark rum. This isn’t just any rum; the dark variety imparts a deep, molasses-like sweetness reminiscent of caramel and spices. It serves as the robust foundation of our cocktail, offering a rich, warming contrast to the brighter flavors of the other ingredients.

Next, we add some Aperol. If you haven’t tried Aperol before, you’re in for a treat. This Italian aperitif boasts a distinctive blend of bitter orange, gentian, rhubarb, and various herbs. It’s less bitter than its relative, Campari, yet it enriches the cocktail with a beautiful orange hue and a complex bittersweetness that complements the richness of the rum.

Then, there’s Lillet Blanc, the third key ingredient. This French aromatized wine is both sweet and citrusy, with subtle herbal notes. It’s lighter and carries a floral bouquet that elevates the cocktail, balancing the dense rum and the bold Aperol.

Serve this cocktail in a rocks glass over a large ice cube or sphere. The substantial ice melts slowly, keeping your drink chilled without too much dilution—ideal for savoring each sip of this layered drink.

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Step 1: Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass topped with ice. Stir until chilled.

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Step 2: Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube or sphere.

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Step 3: Garnish with a fresh orange peel.

The Mediterranean Summer celebrates a blend of diverse flavors that may seem unusual but harmoniously complement each other. It’s perfect for those evenings when you’re seeking something unique and special, yet unpretentious. Enjoy it at your next social gathering or as a delightful way to relax after a long day.

Here’s to experiencing the taste of the Mediterranean, no matter where you are!

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Instructions

  1. Step 1 – Pour all the ingredients into a mixing glass topped with ice. Stir until chilled.
  2. Step 2 – Strain into a rocks glass over a large ice cube or sphere.
  3. Step 3 – Garnish with a fresh orange peel.

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